Today’s Gospel challenges us to think about the excuses we make for not following Jesus at any given time. Do you ever find yourself saying “Not right now, God” or “Now’s not a good time for me, God”?
Admittedly I have said those things to God. There have been certain times in my life where I’ve made excuses for not doing something for God. Moving, getting married, going through a job transition, having an active family life, a death in the family, and so forth are all good excuses on the surface to let go of or not make some commitments for awhile, but today Jesus challenges us beyond those.
The truth is that many of us pray and serve when it’s comfortable and convenient for us. But faith and following Jesus isn’t about comfort and convenience. It’s about following even when it’s challenging to follow and even when we have to make difficult choices and choose between our choice and God’s choice.
The lesson for us is that God comes first no matter what. If God asks us to do something at an inconvenient time, we need to say “yes” to those things.